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How to write a great event recap

“Are you just a really amazing note-taker or great with shorthand to get the info you need?” That’s what a colleague asked me recently, wondering how I take down the notes I turn into event summaries (recaps). Shameless flattery accepted. I do often recap events for the associations I belong to, so people who weren’t […]

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(Almost) everything you want to know about certification

Who doesn’t want to be recognized for knowing your stuff? For many professions, certification gives you unbiased recognition that you know what you’re doing. Accountants, engineers, Human Resources professionals, financial planners and more have certifications. Now, communicators have one, too. One of the first to earn her Communication Management Professional (CMP) “badge” is my friend […]

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SEO tips: Feed the beast to land on page one

“Your website is a beast you must constantly feed,” writer and search engine optimization (SEO) specialist Marnie Hughes told a group of entrepreneurs this week. That means constantly updating your site with blog posts, news or other content to help reach your objective: landing on page one of search results. After 10+ years of studying […]

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How to protect yourself from digital data attacks

A classic line in the movie Spaceballs reveals a secret password is 12345. Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) says, “That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard in my life! That’s the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!” Of course, it is exactly what President Skroob (Mel Brooks) uses. As Ryan Duquette of Hexigent […]

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PIC event summary: Defending your digital data

How strong are your passwords? How often do you use free Wifi? And how likely are you to fall for a phishing email that asks you to click a link? At a meeting of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators this week, speaker Ryan Duquette of cyber security firm Hexigent talked about digital dangers, and shared some […]

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Get creative! Problem solve with Post-it notes

Post-it notes were flying in last night’s session on creative problem-solving. Trevor McAlpine of Synergetic Management had members of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators covering the Post-its with ideas in a fast-paced session on creativity. The tactic was part of Trevor’s six-step creativity framework for harnessing ideas to solve business challenges: Explore the vision. Ask, What […]

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Eyes and ears still key in the digital age

Whether your organization has five people or 50,000, there is no “silver bullet” that will solve all your communication challenges. And despite the shiny toys of the digital age, panelists at an IABC event on Feb. 28 agreed that old-school listening, talking to employees and face-to-face communication are as important as ever. The session brought […]

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3D branding from the inside out

Branding is more than a logo or a tagline; it’s a promise. That’s the basic message of a recent panel discussion on “3D Branding” for IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators (PIC). Here’s a brief look at what each speaker said about the three dimensions of branding, particularly for our group’s small businesses: 1. DEFINE You can’t […]

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Boost your small business with this secret weapon

Not everyone realizes the free or low-cost resources and advice available to small businesses at the Halton Region Small Business Centre. Years ago, I visited the centre to do a search on “Get It Write” and register the name for my business. Since then, I’ve been back to renew my registration but haven’t taken advantage […]

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How to harness the power of the inbox

Email marketing is a powerful tool. As proof, digital marketing expert Javed S. Khan shared these statistics at a recent meeting of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators: 91% of people check their email daily 88% regularly check email on their smartphones Email gets delivered 90% of the time or better, compared to Facebook posts that reach […]

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